Ever wonder what high performance athletes are like outside of training and competing? Well now you can find out!
Get to know some of the world-class athletes that Canadian Sport Institute Ontario works with and assists through a new feature we call - The Locker Room.
This month, three-time World Champion men’s figure skater and proud CSIO athlete, Patrick Chan took some time as he prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics to take part in our Q & A. Check out what Patrick has to say in The Locker Room!
Name: Patrick Chan
Sport: Men’s Figure Skating
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Where do you live/train now: Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
Team/Club: Granite Club
Language(s): English & French
Twitter Handle: @pchiddy
Personal Website: patrickchan.ca
1. How did you get started in your sport?
I wanted to play hockey and my Mom heard that figure skating lessons were a great way to learn how to skate. Once I started figure skating I fell in love with the sport and I was never reminded about hockey.
2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career in sport?
My parents. They have supported me throughout my whole career and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for their support. Mr. Osborne Colson - my first coach who taught me everything about figure skating. His techniques and teachings are still visible in my skating to this day.
3. What is your favourite pre-competition meal?
I try to eat gluten free during competitions.
4. Do you have any superstitions?
No, only routines. I always tie my right skate first.
5. What is your favourite ‘cheat’ meal?
McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries.
6. Do you have any hidden talents?
I am very good at racing go-karts.
7. What was the last book you read?
World War Z
8. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
A photo of me at the Winter Classic.
9. Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Good luck in Sochi, Patrick! #WECAN